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Gillanders plays his part in England win

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Leicester Tigers lock Gregor Gillanders got his first taste of England U-19 representative rugby in an 18-11 victory over Italy at Sunbury on Friday.

Gillanders, who has had an impressive season with the Tigers Academy and Development sides, played the full match as England captain Hugo Ellis (Wasps) scored both of the home side's tries. Replacement fly-half Alex Goode (Saracens) added a conversion and penalty, with Adam Greendale (Leeds Tykes) kicking a penalty.

The opening try came after 17 minutes as No.8 Ellis shrugged off two tackles and raced away to score wide on the right. His second score came as he collected a cross-kick by Goode following good work by Northampton wing David Smith.

England U-19: Alex Tait (Newcastle Falcons); Noah Cato (Saracens) (David Howells, London Irish 55), Tom Bedford (Exeter Chiefs), Gareth Griffiths (Bristol Rugby (Greg King ,Worcester 69), David Smith (Northampton Saints); Adam Greendale (Hymers College & Leeds Tykes (Alex Goode, Saracens 30), Richard Bolt (Exeter Chiefs); Jack Steadman (Bristol Rugby (Billy Moss, Bath Rugby 50), Joe Williams (Cinderford), Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Greg Gillanders (Leicester Tigers), Ben Thomas (Saracens) (Scott Hobson, Cornish Pirates 57), Matthew Cox (Worcester (Jon Fisher, Wellington College & London Irish 62), Andy Saull (Saracens) (Garth Dew, Sale Sharks 50), Hugo Ellis (London Wasps, capt)

Replacements not used: Scott Freer (Leeds Tykes), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Johnny Arr (Worcester), Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons).